Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Wednesday August 28 2013
Hull City scraped through to the third round of the League Cup following an extra time victory over Leyton Orient.
It took until the second period of extra time and the introduction of Robbie Brady to finally spark City, the recently introduced substitute taking just 65 seconds to make his mark on the game. Taking in a poorly cleared cross from Liam Rosenior, Brady was able to escape the attentions of three defenders to turn and shoot low past the Orient keeper, following on from his strike against Norwich City on Saturday.
Prior to that, it was a turgid affair in East London with Orient much the better side but failing to take advantage of their chances.
Steve Bruce opted to make eleven changes from the side which had won over Norwich at the weekend with one eye clearly on the upcoming fixture at Manchester City on Saturday. Steve Harper was given a debut in goal whilst Joe Dudgeon made his first start in ten months. Alex Bruce, Paul McShane (captaining the side) and Liam Rosenior former the rest of the defence.
In midfield, Aaron Mclean and Cameron Stewart were handed the opportunity to impress in wide positions with the central midfield positions occupied by David Meyler and George Boyd. Up-front, Matty Fryatt and Nick Proschwitz were handed the opportunity to play for a place against Manchester City with Yannick Sagbo suspended.
Danny Graham, who travelled with the squad, was not permitted to play under the terms of his loan deal from Sunderland.
The current League One leaders, Leyton Orient looked to stamp their authority on the match and started brightly, Vincelot sending a volley over the bar from an early corner.
Orient`s profligacy in front of goal would eventually come back to haunt them as Lisbie, Cox and Mooney would all see efforts go wide of the target before James forced Harper into a smart save.
At the end housing just short of 400 City supporters, there was little to cheer from an attacking perspective. A header from Mclean shortly before half-time and which went five yards wide was the closest City came at any point with the attack failing to create any opportunities against their lower league opposition.
For a side chosen to play with the impetus of squad places at Manchester City available, the lack of cohesion and threat offered was a real concern. Neither Fryatt or Proschwitz looked capable of troubling the defence, let alone displaying anything to suggest they would trouble Manchester City or other Premier League sides beyond - these are after all strikers that will need to be called upon at some point during this season.
Apart from an early effort from Kevin Lisbie before he was substituted, Orient failed to carry the same threat during the second half as they appeared to tire, manager Russell Slade having commented post-match upon the effect of working with a small squad.
Steve Bruce handed debuts to Connor Townsend and Callum Jharaldo-Martin, replacing Cameron Stewart and Nick Proschwitz. Despite both making their first senior starts, neither looked fazed by their surroundings and the changes helped City take a firmer grip on the game, particularly in the latter stages as City looked to avoid any possibility of extra time.
Although Lasimant saw an effort cleared off the line by Alex Bruce after Steve Harper had been beaten, City had the best opportunities to win the game in normal time. After George Boyd broke through the centre of the Orient defence, he played in Fryatt who saw his low effort saved by the legs of the keeper.
Fryatt would again go close after good work from Rosenior but this time his shot at the near post was held by the Jones in the Orient goal before a third effort was blocked by the defence.
With the first half of extra time seeing both sides battle for possession in midfield, the decisive moment came at the start of the second half. A cross from Liam Rosenior was not dealt with by the Orient defence, allowing Brady to collect. The Irishman had three defenders in close attention but he was able to turn and shoot low and powerfully past Jones to score the decisive goal of the night.
Orient`s best chance to equalise came via Dean Cox but his prodded shot from just inside the area, although well directed, was held by Harper in the City goal as Steve Bruce`s side was able to see out the game relatively comfortably.
What did we learn
The first half was very disappointing from a side playing for the opportunity to feature at Manchester City. Neither striker contributed in any meaningful way with neither likely to now feature this weekend. Steve Bruce was particularly perturbed with the performance of Nick Proschwitz, noting how the defender has still not grasped the physicality of the English game. A loan or permanent transfer now seems a certainty before the transfer window should a suitable club be found.
In defence, City seem well stocked in the centre-back department with Rosenior and Dudgeon capable back-up`s to the first-team.
Both Aaron Mclean and latterly Cameron Stewart in particular did nothing to suggest they have a future at the club and Bruce will be looking to offload both before September 2nd ends.
The 3rd round Capital One cup draw takes place at around 9.45pm, after the conclusion of Morecambe -Vs- Newcastle United on Sky Sports. City will be ball number 9.
Date:Wednesday August 28 2013
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